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Horror of Fang Rock – Terence Dicks’ Finest Hour

April 14, 2016

Happy Birthday Terence Dicks

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It is interesting that someone so associated with Doctor Who did not, in fact, write very many original scripts.  He did write Robot, Tom Baker’s debut, and he penned The Five Doctors, which is an enjoyable pantomime of clashing egos.  Oh and State of Decay.  Always forgetting State of Decay.  Early in his career as script editor, he had re-written much of Seeds of Death and co-wrote The War Games with Malcolm Hulke.  He notoriously wrote the first version of Brain of Morbius – which was re-written by Robert Holmes, to the extent that Dicks no longer wanted his name on it and insisted on it being credited to “some bland pseudonym” –  hence “Robin Bland”.  I find it impossible to believe that Dicks’ original script was better than the masterful script that “Robin Bland” came up with.  That must be galling.  It must be worse to have…

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